High school principal receives top honor from Orange County officials

Firefighters nominated him for the department's Distinguished Service Award

By Thomas Metevia - Graham Media Group

Firefighters surprised a high school principal with one of the Orange County Fire Department's top honors Friday.

Evans High School Principal Rolando Bailey works closely with the local firefighters who cover his school.

In April, firefighters responded to a firey crash that involved two children and their father. When crews arrived at the scene, they found Bailey who had stopped at the crash and sprung into action before crews arrived.

Bailey assessed patients and provided critical information so fire crews could quickly treat and trasnport those who were injured.

Impressed by his actions that day and on many other occasions, the firefighters nominated Bailey for the department's Distinguished Service Award. 

As Bailey walked out of the school, he was greeted by officials and a round of applause.

The surprise presentation was made at the school with the fire crew, fire chief and a representative from Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings' office in attendance.